Monday, November 11, 2019

Resurrecting The Kangaroo Plus Mobile Desktop

I had just taken delivery of some beautiful furniture for my home office when I decided to fire up my old HP Pavilion p7-1490. It's an eight-year-old machine that I've upgraded quite a bit over time with a better processor, more memory and a Blu-Ray drive. Alas, it seems to have developed some cooling problems with the processor as it would switch off after about 10 minutes. So, I ordered a new machine. It's going to take about a week to get to me, so I pressed my Kangaroo Plus Mobile Desktop back into service while I wait.

I've had the Kangaroo Plus Mobile Desktop in storage for over a year now. I can't remember the last time I used it with any seriousness, but I would assume that it was sometime around April of 2017 to play some movies via a hotel TV. I may have also used it from time to time as a thin client for work. At some point, I stuck it in a box with the hopes that I'd eventually turn it into a Plex client or a network file server or something. Since then, the Kangaroo Plus Mobile Desktop has been discontinued and I've heard some horror stories about expanding batteries that burst through the case.

I'm happy to say that my Kangaroo Plus Mobile Desktop is still in fine shape. It booted up and threw a few memory errors and did some auto-restarts before finally starting Windows 10 up and updating itself to Windows 10 version 1903 build 18362.476. I was able to connect my Canon Pixma printer to it so that I could scan and print as needed. Everything is working fine, and I'm able to get a respectable amount of work done while I wait for my new computer to arrive. I even managed to install Oracle 12c Desktop even though the process took nearly 4 hours. But, SQL Plus runs fine and I'm able to get some class prep done without any issues.

Maybe you've recently revived a Kangaroo PC too. Maybe you've purchased one off of eBay or had one handed down to you. In case you are starting from scratch and need access to the drivers for the Kangaroo Plus Mobile Desktop, here's a link:

https://infocuscorp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115004403923-Kangaroo-Driver-Links


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